Flooring firm supplies offshore work

The Northern Echo: OFFSHORE WORK: David Sinclair, right, with John English, Durastic's factory and technical manager, surrounded by products in its factory OFFSHORE WORK: David Sinclair, right, with John English, Durastic's factory and technical manager, surrounded by products in its factory

A MARINE decking maker has supplied flooring for a major offshore development.

Durastic sent underlay and floor coverings to South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries.

It will be used to build a BP North Sea oil platform and a platform for BP’s £4.5bn Clair Ridge oilfield, near the Shetland Islands.

The firm, based in Jarrow, South Tyneside, also supplied skirting boards and aluminium matting, with all products made in the North-East.

Bosses say workers will travel to Hyundai’s South Korean shipyard to oversee installation.

David Sinclair, Jarrow branch manager, said the company was contacted by BP after impressing officials with its work on the Valhall oilfield, in the Norwegian North Sea.

He said: “These are great contracts for us.

“They are made to last and showcase the very best of our workmanship and products.”

Durastic previously supplied flooring to The Sage, in Gateshead, and the University of Sunderland.

The BP Clair Ridge project is 75 km west of the Shetland Islands, featuring two bridge-linked oil platforms and a pipeline.

The platforms are expected to be finished next year, with production starting in late 2016.

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